Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

- understand  and apply a range of approaches and methods in sustainable fashion and textile field (e.g.eco-design, sustainable and ethical design, green aesthetics, green business thinking, design for sustainable consumption, critical design, design for recycling, EPR Extended producer responsibility)

- argument own decisions based on sustainability

-construct a conceptual design plan based on theoretical studies and her/his own research.

 

Credits: 10

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 15.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kirsi Niinimäki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Niinimäki

Contact information for the course (valid 25.08.2020-21.12.2112):

kirsi.niinimaki@aalto.fi

marium.durrani@aalto.fi


In Fall 2020
teaching will happen 100 percent online using Zoom (online teaching).
All the materials can be accessed through MyCourses website. Zoom ID for the
Course is given below:

 

Zoom ID: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/62639152564


CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of a serious of lectures, blended learning sessions, an independently completed research assignment, conceptual design work or creative practice-based design part. Each student chooses and constructs own approach to sustainability and applies some research method to collect information as a background for creative work.

    • Orientation for holistic and closed loop thinking
    • Supporting own creative design process with theoretical support
    • Basic research skills
    • Integrating sustainability into creative design work

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Content
    (valid 08.09.2020-15.10.2020):

    The course
    is an intensive 6-week online course. The course consist of a series of online
    lectures, group tasks on Zoom, independent reflection essays, an independently
    completed research assignment and a creative practice-based design part.

    Each
    student chooses and constructs own approach to sustainability and applies some
    research method to collect information as a background for creative work. Based
    on collected material and data, conceptual design is constructed and
    implemented in creative hands-on design work.

    ·       Orientation for holistic and closed
    loop thinking

    ·       Supporting own creative design
    process with theoretical support

    ·      
    Basic research skills

    ·      
    Creative design work

     

    Details
    on the course content (applies in this implementation):
     

    Welcome to
    MUO-E1043 Sustainable Fashion and Textile Design!

    This course
    will introduce students to the rapidly growing field of sustainable fashion and
    textile design. We will explore the role of sustainability in the field of
    fashion and textile design. We will begin with an introduction to the
    historical roots of the concept of sustainable development. Thereafter,
    students will be introduced to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
    2020. We will then examine those SDGs that hold specific relevance to the
    fashion sector. Followed by an exploration of the response of the fashion
    industry to the SDGs. This will be undertaken by investigating various design
    strategies within sustainable fashion such as: ethical design, design for new
    materials, green business thinking, design for circularity, eco-labelling and green
    marketing, green aesthetics, design for sustainable consumption and empathic
    design.

    Each of
    these design concepts/practices will be critically examined in order to better
    understand and address what it means to be a fashion and textile designer in such
    troubling times. Students will be familiarized with existing sustainable
    fashion brands and through critical engagement of real-life company cases links
    between practice and theoretical concepts will be made.

    Class
    structure for online teaching:

    The online
    sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday between 9.15 am-16:00.
    Given below are detailed descriptions of how the sessions will be conducted:

    1.  Tuesday sessions:  On Tuesdays between 9:15-11:30 am there will be lectures
    on various topics covered in the course. We will use a mix of pre-recorded
    videos and real-time lecturing on Zoom. 
    Lunch break will be from 11:30-13:00

    Tuesday afternoon from 13-16:00, students will work in groups on a given
    task. The task will be a question that each group will be expected to discuss
    and reflect on. The groups will consist of 3-4 members. Before the end of the day,
    one of the group members will take on the responsibility to post a summary of
    their reflections on the ‘General discussion and online group task’ page
    on mycourses.

     

    2.  Thursday sessions: On Thursdays between 9:15-11:30
    am
    there will be lectures on various topics covered in the course. We will
    use a mix of pre-recorded videos and real-time lecturing on Zoom.
     Lunch break will be from 11:30-13:00.

    Thursday afternoon, from 13:00-16:00, students will work individually. A
    question will be posted every Thursday morning on the ‘General discussion
    and online group task’
    page on mycourses. Every student will have to
    individually answer this question by the end of the day.

     


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in online lecturers and sessions (including 80% attendance)

    Evaluation:

    • Reflection essays

    • Research assignment-WardrobeVoyage

    Design task

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Evaluation
    of the course is based on:

    ·       Reflection essays.

    ·       One research-based task: Wardrobe
    Voyage

    ·       One design task

     

    Following
    are detailed instructions for the course evaluation in Fall 2020:

    Students will
    be graded on the grading scale 0-5. The grade breakdown is given below:

     

    1.       Class attendance (80% attendance is expected)

     

    2.       2 reflection essays-25% of grade

     

    3.       Research assignment-WardrobeVoyage-25%
    of grade

     

    4.       Final design task-50 % of grade

     


Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    80 h Virtual teaching

    150h Independent or group work

    5 h Self-evaluation

    35 h Own reflection

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The workload
    for the course is divided in terms of hours. Breakdown of the hours is

    given
    below:

     

    ·       80 h Virtual teaching 

    ·       150h Independent or group work

    ·       5 h Self-evaluation

    ·       35 h Own reflection


DETAILS

Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Niinimäki, K. (Ed.) (2014) Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books. ISBN: 978-952-5572-5 https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/13769

    Other materials are provided through MyCourses

  • Applies in this implementation:


    Details
    on the course materials (applies in this implementation):

     

    A comprehensive
    reading list + video materials + links will be provided to the students through
    MyCourses.


Prerequisites
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No pre knowledge is required for admission to the course.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In WebOodi

  • Applies in this implementation:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course will be online teaching.

    This course is for master students. No max students. Min 8 students.

     

    1st priority: Master degree students of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design programme, in the order or registration

    2nd prioty: Exchange students in FaCT

    3rd priority: Other Master degree students of the Design department

    4th priority: Other Master Students of Aalto University

     

    Assessment methods and criteria, workload and further information changed by decision of Academic Committee for Arts, Design and Architecture on 25 August, 2020.

     

  • Applies in this implementation:


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:


    Date

    Time and Place

    Topic

    08.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

    Session
    one:
    Introduction

    Introduction
    to the course, topics, tasks and teachers

    Key
    issues in the fashion and textile industry

    10.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

    Session
    two:
     Exploring the concept of Sustainable
    Development

    What
    is Sustainable Development? What is the relationship between Sustainable
    Development Goals (SDGs) and garment industry

    15.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

    Session three: Understanding supply chains
    and material impact

     

    Sustainable Supply Chain and examples from
    Finland

     

    Environmental impact of materials

    17.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

    Session
    four: Circular Economy, Textiles and Fashion

    Textiles
    and Fashion in a Circular Economy.

    22.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

    Session
    five: Searching for alternatives in fashion and textile

    Challenging
    business models: green business thinking & product-service systems (PSS)

     

    Sustainable
    design tools and strategies

    24.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

     

    Session six: Green marketing or green washing?

     

    Eco-luxury in fashion

     

    Examining the complexity of eco-labels

     

    29.09.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

     

    Session seven: What about consumers?

     

    Consumer practices, grass-roots environmental
    movements and repair

     

    01.10.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

     

    Session eight: So who’s responsible and what
    can be done?

     

    Ethical debates in sustainable fashion

     

     

     

    Towards empathic design: a possibility?

    06.10.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

    Session nine:

     

    Morning Design Talks:

     

    Different design research project

    08.10.20

    9.15-16.00

     

     

    Session ten:

     

    Morning Design Talks:

     

    Different design research project

    13.10.20

    9.15-16.00

     

    Session eleven:

     

    Morning Design Talks:

     

    Different design research project

     

    15.10.20

    9.15-17.00

    Session twelve:

    Presentations & Feedback